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upc cablecom hits 1m Horizon customers

upc cablecom has welcomed its millionth Horizon customer. The Liberty Global multimedia platform was launched in Switzerland just over two years ago. The Horizon HD Recorder is also available in Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and Poland. Together, these countries have now cracked the million mark. With the Horizon box and a new Samsung Curved TV in tow, Frank Zelger, Senior […]

Vivendi to sell Numericable-SFR stake?

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French media giant Vivendi says it has received a “binding offer” from Altice and Numericable-SFR for its remaining 20 per cent stake in Numericable-SFR, at a price of €40 a share, and equivalent to €3.9 billion. Vivendi’s Supervisory Board will make a decision on February 27th. However, the price on offer is almost 25 per cent lower than Vivendi’s current […]

Triple downgrades for US cable

One of the US’s major media research analysts has downgraded three major cable stocks and expressed anxiety about the threat of tough regulations on the sector, and in effect is applying its own ‘cord-cutting’ on the cable sector generally. Craig Moffett from MoffettNathanson downgraded Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications to ‘Neutral’ saying it was time to reduce exposure. […]

MTG sells stake in Sappa

MTG has completed the sale of its 50 per cent stake in Swedish cable TV company Sappa to Finnish telecom operator Anvia for an enterprise value (on a 100 per cent basis) of SEK 135 million (€14m). Sappa delivers TV channel packages to 350,000 Swedish households through cable and IPTV networks. Sappa was founded as Svensk Program Agentur (SPA) in […]

Virgin Media €4bn broadband boost


UK broadband cable MSO Virgin Media is embarking on ‘Project Lightning’, which it describes as the single largest investment in broadband digital infrastructure in the country for more than a decade; creating thousands of new jobs in what will be a multi-billion pound boost to the national economy. With the support of parent company Liberty Global , Virgin Media will […]

Unitymedia settles KabelBW antitrust case

European cable operator Liberty Global’s German unit has reached an agreement with two companies who objected to its €3 billion purchase of cable provider KabelBW. A regional court in Duesseldorf ruled in 2013 that the cartel office must re-examine the case to either block it or force the firms to offer more concessions to protect competition in the cable television […]

upc cablecom reports solid 2014

upc cablecom sae its strongest growth ever in Internet connections in 2014, adding 65,600 new subscriptions across Switzerland. Revenue rose to CHF 1.294 billion over the twelve months of last year – a year-on-year increase of more than 4.6 per cent. More than 1.387 million TV customers in Switzerland used a digital TV product from upc cablecom at the end […]

Battle lines: Neutrality, Rights Auctions

Journalism about regulatory and commercial disputes often looks to conflict related analogies. It is, more often than not, an over-reach given the real armed conflicts that inhabit the world just now. But, given the vehemence of the protagonists, and the potential consequences of different outcomes, you can certainly see why it happens. Vehemence is the middle name of the Net […]

Sony acquires MTG Hungarian channels

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has reached an agreement to acquire the Hungarian VIASAT3 and VIASAT6 TV channels from international entertainment group MTG (Modern Times Group). Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The two channels will expand the current portfolio of SPT brands in Hungary, which already includes the AXN, AXN White and AXN Black linear channels as […]

Frozen continues to lift Disney


Walt Disney has credited the continuing success of its Frozen brand and an increase in visitors to its theme parks for an “incredibly strong quarter”. Boosted by continued Frozen DVD and merchandise sales, net income rose 19 per cent to $2.2 billion in the quarter, with revenues up 9 per cent to $13.4 billion, both better than forecast. Operating income […]

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